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VANWALL555

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  1. I've got an Eternity brochure In new condition I was about to throw out but if someone would like it to go with their van please just pm me and I'll post it to you.
  2. The only China built Volvo imported into the UK is the S90, all the other models are either built in Belgium or Sweden. The "old" XC60 was built in Gent but the new one is built in Torslander.
  3. Looks great, I've just ordered an ordinary 866, I only popped down to get some toilet fluid !!! The Dealer specials have some great options but they were all sold out. Happy holidays 😀
  4. I wouldn't put mesh in front of the condenser, although it might protect from damage it will restrict the air flow and reduce the air speed which it needs to work. More important than the air con your also be affecting airflow to the radiator, not a great idea when your towing and stressing the engine so it's running hot already.
  5. We took our first venture to France last year staying at domain des ormes and had such a great time we decided to go back to France again this year. Our first choice was the vendee but as we booked in December all the sites were full. After a couple of days of research checking ferries and trying to fit meeting up with friends at the end in Brevedent we booked camping du Letty after reading all the great reviews. Now I've booked I think this should have been our first choice all along. The only problem for us we were going to use a friends 10% discount code on brittany ferries but as he is a French member it wouldn't work for a UK booking. Hoping 100's of reviewers can't be wrong !
  6. I think most has been said already, in my opinion the fixtures and fittings are better quality than Bailey or Swift but the assembly process is on par with other manufacturers. My Amara was more than the equivalent Swift when I bought it in 2011 which to me was worth the money. Only issue was the van had lots of problems which the Dealer didn't handle so Coachman stepped in and shipped back to Hull. Problem is they seem not to be set-up for direct customer contact so ended in a long drawn out nightmare. If I had a good Dealer near to me I would go for a Coachman again, but unfortunately I haven't so come time to change I'll be off to Swift or Bailey.
  7. A lot as pecksniff says comes down to price and weight. For us we got a coachman amara 570/6, kids have their own area especially great at bed time. A big plus was my when my kids were also very young and the bottom bunk folds up so a travel cot could go in there until by youngest was old enough for the bunk. There bikes now go into that area when travelling along with anything bulky but light which is a lot easier than using racks or filling the boot. Only problem with coachman is choose your dealer well, I didn't and paid for that mistake for a long time. My friend who bought a van within two months of us bought the swift version from Michael Jordan, there's small differences between the two when you start actually using them but overall his is great as well. After three years of using and even looking at possibly changing I couldn't find a better layout for two adults and two young children so we're sticking with what we've got.
  8. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to reply being over 40, but I was under 40 when we bought our van three years ago when my boys were 2 & 4 years old. A lot of "younger" people I talk too with kids had caravan holidays when they were children. They have great holiday memories hence they know what a great time you can have without spending £3000. One of the other reasons for us was that we could have at least five holidays instead of one, 11 months and two weeks was far to long to wait for the next holiday.
  9. If the tyre fitters have checked the tyres and the valves are ok then it could be porous casting on the wheels if they are alloys. It's not common problem but I've seen a few times.
  10. There was a tow car test in practical caravan a few months ago which might help although I think that was a D2
  11. I love the idea of hydrogen cars but as said previously the cost Is prohibitive so at the moment they are a long way off. Ev cars are ok, but for 95% of people the range is an issue because some times we like to travel outside our own counties, these only really make sence as second cars. Hybrid and plug in hybrids are our only alternatives at the moment. I've tried a plug in hybrid and was very impressed and if you get the chance have a try, with a great torque curve and no gears it felt very different. It even towed my six birth van on electric alone. Costs are very high though and beyond my reach so mostly for people who are into new alternatives and company cars due to the low tax. In 10 years time we're know more so can update this thread then !!!
  12. Lurker as only been using the van for just over a year so haven't got many pearls of wisdom to share, maybe give it five more years. Until then my only posts are normally Help!!!!
  13. As most will agree layouts are a personnel thing which is why there's so much choice. I looked at vans for 2 years dreaming of when I could afford one and finally got the money together for an amara 570/6. My children are 4 & 6 so love the rear bedroom with their own bunk beds. The bathroom is small but has a separate shower so it's a compromise I can live with. In a few years time when the kids are older we might change to a twin dinette but we're happy for a while yet.
  14. I've got a 2011 amara and normally get great reception without extending. I didn't extend it till it was a year old then it just came away in my hand. My service centre replaced it under warranty no problem a month ago.
  15. I've used a mobile engineer for the first service on my coachman. I lost total confidence in the suppling dealer after three return trips when the van was new trying to fix a problem that should have been picked up on the pdi so looked for an alternative. My father-in-law had used a mobile service in the past so I used them and have been very impressed. During the service a couple of problems were found and I also had another few issues so the van went back to their workshops as they needed it for a few days. When I picked it up it was better than new and cleaned. They dealt with all the warranty with minimal effort on my part. I agree it's best to go with recommendations, find someone good and stay loyal.
  16. The Dealer I purchased my Amara from left me with no confidence so I went on to the Coachman website and followed the links to NCC approved servicing agents. Found an excellent mobile service who also carried out Warranty work as well. For your area you could try finding a service agent near yourself and have a look at the reviews www. approvedworkshops. co. uk/approved-tourer-motorhome-servicing
  17. I've used a FLOE to drain down for the winter. Even after draining down by opening the taps and travelling home when I got back I still got had a litre of water out of the system. Not sure is this makes a big difference but at least I know all the water is out.
  18. Hi Cannondale, I've just got a V70 D5 R design auto and towed the first with it last weekend, my van is a 2011 coachman Amara 570/6 with and MTPLM OF 1635KG. With a caravan weight of over 1600 it had to be a D5 as a D3 or D4 only has a weight limit of 1600. Also with a R-design self levelling is standard whereas in a SE or SELUX is an extra. The car towed the perfectly even nipping slightly over 60 some times when over taking trucks with no wobbles. I must say though I did prefer a friends XC60 D3 AWD but due to the amount of miles I do the fuel penalty was a bit too much as I get 5/6 MPG more in the V70 when solo.
  19. Hi Everyone, Thanks for the advise. I went for it and took the awning and as you said it fitted, not perfect but good enough. Artleknock, I wasn't brave enough to put it up at night and left it to the morning but was surprised it was quite easy. It was great and as the weather wasn't perfect it gave a lot of room to let the kids run around, next thing is to buy one for myself Cheers
  20. I got the caravan size from the handbook and the size of the awning from the father-in-law as it's one he had the size changed a few years ago. I'm arriving at the site appox 5. 00pm and it's a bit of a risk putting it for the first time if it's getting dark so leave it to the next morning. The Bradcot awning looks good quality without being too expensive. I'm up at the Caravan show Sunday so will have a nose around. .
  21. John thanks for the advise and great idea using blocks. The site I'm going to the end of next week if totally level so I'll put the ramps back in the Van and take them. David that site is very easy to navigate, if I get on OK with it I'll have a look, how have you got on with the Bradcot awning ?
  22. I've posted a couple of times and got some excellent feedback from you all so I'm hoping someone might be able to help with another question. I've been caravaning for a year now using a porch awning which has been excellent but am considering purchasing a full size awning. I wanted to try before I buy so was going to borrow my father-in-laws awning to give it a go for a week before I spend £1000. The problem is the awning size on my van is 1027 but his awning is 1050, can anyone give me some advise if this would cause any massive problems seeming it's just for a few days ? Cheers
  23. Looking at the previous comments and other threads it's very obvious that Coachman needs to do something with their customer care department. I bought a new Amara 570/6 last year and unfortunately even though the Dealer had 7 weeks to prep the van for delivery lots of items were missing and numerous faults existed. When it comes to problems like this I'm quite laid back and understand a lot of caravan dealers are an amateur bunch and caravans are hand built so problems will appear. What really annoyed me was the service from Coachman, which I expected to be at a different level. The list of faults and problems are quire boring but one item was reasonably major so the van had to go back to Hull to be repaired. What really annoyed me was that I had to do all the chasing all the pushing, phone calls weren't answered and e-mails in some circumstances took weeks to answer. I missed one holiday as the van couldn't be used and in the end Coachman told the dealer how to do a temp fix, this didn't work first time so I done it again myself at the Dealers workshop so I could use it before it went back for permanent fix. After months of going back and fourth I finally got an e-mail from Coachman to advise "your caravan is back at the dealer ready to collect" without anything else not even advising what was done. From the outside it does seems that Trevor is good at his job as some people have noted but the guy just has far to much to deal with, there's only so much one person can do. Coachman portray themselves as a premium alternative which even after the problems on my van I do agree the product is, but unfortunately they do not seem to be a premium company when it comes to customer service and are beaten hands down by mainstream rivals. If they want to expand by building up a loyal following they can't afford to keep upsetting people who will then never go back to their brand. Roger
  24. Hi, I also bought a 570/6 as my first van late last year and been away for three excellent trips in it. The awning I bought was a outdoor revolution compactlite pro 400. The reason for this is it came with two rear poles so it was tight against the side of the van and an extra roof pole to stop water collecting on the top. It's quite well made for what it cost but the main advantage is I can put it up on my own in 15 minutes and it's just as easy to take back down. Hope this helps Roger
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